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Miami International Airport to Host Fruit and Vegetable Export Roadshow in the Dominican Republic

Update (May 19, 2017): This event, which was originally scheduled for June 6, 2017, will now take place August 7-10, 2017.

On August 7-10, 2017, the Miami International Airport (MIA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the International Executive Service Corps (IESC) will hold a fruit and vegetable export conference in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. This conference will focus on explaining and addressing questions related to the regulations and operations of the exportation of fruits and vegetables to the United States.

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New Push by FSIS to Reduce Undeclared Allergen Food Recalls

Written by Joel Taylor

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), has begun discussions to address the rising number of food recalls relating to undeclared allergens. FSIS held a public meeting on March 16, 2017, at which GCCA representatives were able to participate in the dialogue between government, industry, and research leaders, learning about what GCCA members can be doing to improve their activities, reducing industry-wide allergen recalls. Continue reading

USDA to Launch New Digital PHIS Export Platform

Written by Joel Taylor, Fellow – Global Cold Chain Alliance

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is launching a new digital platform to manage export applications and food export certifications. On February 14, 2017, representatives of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) participated in the USDA Public Health Information System (PHIS) Export webinar to learn more about the new platform and how it might affect GCCA members.
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Dominican Republic Project Investigates Produce Handling Through Panama Case Study

Over the past year, the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) has worked closely with the International Executive Service Corps (IESC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to equitable, sustainable economic growth in developing countries, on a project in the Dominican Republic funded by the United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA). In January 2017, two experts consulted on a new receiving terminal for fresh produce in collaboration with Caribe Cargo, a Dominican Republic-based cargo company, and UPS.

GCCA Latin America assisted the project with an educational visit to nearby Panama, a major exporter of bananas, melons, and many other tropical fruits. The visit to Panama served as a case study of successful fresh produce processors, cold storage providers, and exports available in the region and took place the last week of January.  Continue reading

Does a Facility Need to be USDA Organic Certified to Temper Boxed Organic Meat?

A recent submission to the Global Cold Chain Alliance’s (GCCA) Inquiry Service involved gathering information on required certification for facilities that temper boxed organic meats. GCCA Vice President of Government and Legal Affairs Lowell Randel, reached out to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and formulated a response. See the full correspondence below.

Q: Would our facility be required to become USDA organic certified in order to temper products for a customer that would send us boxed organic meat? It would involve removing the product from the box, inspecting, then placing the meat into a combo, then shipping to a further processor. Continue reading

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